An MBA abroad can kick start your career, but how to make time for the GMAT?

 

Everyone agrees that an MBA from one of the top Business Schools in the world is the best medicine for any career. It can facilitate career switches; it can transform career roles; it can increase salaries discontinuously, it can add meaning and a sense of purpose to any career. By any metric, it makes a huge amount of sense to apply for an MBA abroad.

But it is not always easy to devote the time that is needed to do an application justice. Even the very first part – getting a good score on the GMAT – is not something that takes a trivial amount of time; extensive preparation and conditioning are needed to reduce risk. This is hard to fit into a typical work schedule, without causing undue stress and physical strain.

We have worked with a very large number of working professionals looking to give their career a shot in the arm. Over the years, we have come up with a set of best practices that help them do justice to their GMAT preparation without necessarily doing their overall well-being any harm.

Here are a few ideas to make time for the GMAT without hurting your lifestyle at work:

Choose the prep program that’s right for you. While preparing for any standardized test, the choice of prep partner is critical; never more so than in the GMAT, as a candidate who is already working. Given that every moment is of the essence, you will not be able to afford a wrong choice – there will be no time for starting over. Choose someone who has proven results with part-time aspirants, and who has a program that will fit with the number of hours you are willing to put in.

Understand the system. The one advantage you have over most people preparing for the GMAT is that you have been trained in mastering systems – that you can understand what makes the difference, and make it happen. With your prep partner, make sure you understand how you can spend 10% of the effort to get 90% of the results, and work as efficiently as possible.

Time your GMAT well. If you know, about a year out, when you can possibly give the most important test of your life so far, it will help you in scheduling it near holidays, and help you to store up leave to improve your chances of preparation. This is also something you should discuss with your guide / mentor; if you are able to create a 15-30 day window when you can exclusively prep for the GMAT, you will significantly increase your chances of a great performance.

Spend time on mock tests rather than unstructured practice. This, again, depends on the coach that you select – a good coaching class will give you access to a large, accurately simulated library of mock tests, so you get really good at the real thing, well before you have to give the exam. This is especially good because you halve the time you need for practice; rather than working out chapter questions and then doing a mock test, you can get better at the latter over a series of guided iterations.

A top MBA abroad will transform your career. The first step to that transformative experience is to get a high score on your GMAT. Jamboree is your best bet – both as a partner to crack the GMAT, and as a thought partner in making a study plan that does not seem impossible, or turn out to be impossible.

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